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It Giveth and Taketh Away - De File
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cbertsch
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It Giveth and Taketh Away
The café I'm sitting in to write this has one of those rainbow bear decals prominently displayed. And it has plenty of outlets, diffused natural light, and high ceilings. On the other hand, Paul McCartney is singing,"listen to what the man said," against a hideous horn backdrop at a volume that just sent my train of thought tumbling into the gorge. As much as I'd like to give the place a thumbs-up, I'm not sure I can. Wait, Paul Simon is on now. He's going on about, "slip-sliding away." I need to bail.

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_luaineach From: _luaineach Date: June 5th, 2006 11:14 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I like Paul Simon!
yourbestfiend From: yourbestfiend Date: June 5th, 2006 11:39 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
me too! that's a good song, too.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: June 7th, 2006 04:38 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I like plenty of Paul Simon. And I'm a huge Beatles fan. But that song doesn't sound good to me after the McCartney atrocity.
From: marcegoodman Date: June 6th, 2006 02:37 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
It's hard to imagine a cafe, any cafe, actually offering those two songs up back to back to their customers or employees at this point or maybe any point. That said, I will offer a third thumb up for Paul Simon and even that song which struck a certain version of teenage melancholia just right back then. And hey, the man just made a record with Brian Eno.
And while "Listen To What The Man Said" may be one of Macca's sillier love songs, I've always loved that song. I once heard Ron Sexsmith tell Terry Gross that when he met McCartney, that was the song they played together and I swear I got teary at the thought.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: June 7th, 2006 04:40 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Sorry. As previously noted, I like Paul Simon generally and am a huge Beatles fan. But that McCartney song just doesn't do it for me, except in a negative sense. It's better than that "Coming Up" song and a lot better than the horrible Christmas number, but still not good to me.
tpratt From: tpratt Date: June 6th, 2006 03:31 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

P.U.

Both of those songs suck.

It's funny. I had the fauxPod on shuffle yesterday and heard a song called "First It Giveth" by the Queens of the Stone Age that I had gotten from a library CD. It was great. I wonder if you've heard that one.

And before anyone gets all bent about me thinking that some half-assed, overly self-aware flavor of the minute band from like 3 years ago had a song better than the two songs you got stuck listening to, save it. The fucking Carpenters are more interesting than either "Listen What the Man Says" or "Slip Slidin' Away". You know it to be true.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: June 7th, 2006 04:37 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: P.U.

In fact, I've been listening to the If I Were a Carpenter alternative rock cover album from the early 90s today and not only loving it but wishing I could here the originals. And I hear them a lot as it is.

Oh, and my parents are out visiting with the family in North County, but if you or your spouse or both had free time and wanted to make the trek, I think we'll be at the beach a good deal.
From: marcegoodman Date: June 6th, 2006 04:36 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
The "fucking" Carpenters are certainly more "interesting" than either song by quite the long-shot especially with the hindsight we have now and even without the benefit of posthumous lionization by hipsters from Sonic Youth on down. I'm sure CB will agree. And I'd love to hear that Queens of the Stone Age song.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: June 7th, 2006 04:40 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
See my comment above. I love Karen's voice.
tommix From: tommix Date: June 6th, 2006 06:47 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I'm trying to make Phil Collins and Billy Joel, the worst performers of all time, cool again. Or maybe just "cool," I'm not sure any longer.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: June 7th, 2006 04:41 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Phil's a mean drummer, though. . . :-)
From: marcegoodman Date: June 6th, 2006 07:31 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
If you go back far enough you could probably make the case for even Billy Joel's cool. He's been around long enough to have played in 60's garage bands a couple of whom even made records (the Hassles and Attila, neither of which I've heard.) Apparently he also played piano on the Shangrilas' "Leader of the Pack" which just might be sufficient for some.

The two records upon which Phil Collins fronted Genesis immediately following Peter Gabriel's departure, "Trick of the Tail" and "Wind and Wuthering" are really pretty good and Collins did play on several of the great Eno solo records which again might be reason enough for some.
tommix From: tommix Date: June 6th, 2006 07:02 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I was thinking of going the other direction. You know, trying to make "Sussuido" and "Uptown Girl" cool.
From: marcegoodman Date: June 6th, 2006 08:26 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I suspected that was what you had in mind. Reviled music does occasionally come around but the circumstances have to be right. I'm thinking of the lounge music craze of the nineties.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: June 7th, 2006 04:42 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Guess what they played right before the McCartney song? "Allentown." But that one I have a special fondness for, having been born and raised through my latency period in the vicinity.
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